Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dissolving Resistance

Should I? Shouldn't I? I sat in the drive thru at DQ waiting to pick up my soda and sandwich. Hm. I wonder if there are rules about leaving your car in a drive thru? I wonder if someone will come out after me. Maybe the person in the car in front of me will turn me in. I look into the rear view mirror. No cars. Hm.

There are some things that are simply irresistible. Sooooo irresistible.

I understand why it is difficult for a toddler or puppy to resist touching those things deemed off limits. Heck, as children grow, they want to do the things off limits. It is almost a red flag. Sure we teach them not to touch. We tell of the woes that can result from breaking rules. Yet none of that takes away the desire to go ahead and do it....even at age 63.

Alternatives. Take away the irresistible and replace it with a 'can have'. Take away a potential problem by replacing it with an alternative. Well, I'm here to tell you that some things are just too difficult to walk away from. Believe me!!!!

The puppy ran into the house. She hadn't seen me for at least 10 hours. I was licked, softly gnawed, pounced on and totally loved. All rules and commands took a seat for a few minutes. My granddaughter was determined to hold on to her boredom until the paint supplies hit the diningroom table. Distraction. Eh, sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. All we can do is try.

I have a confession. My ladylike behavior went out the door. My battle to resist dissolved. The winter doldrums insisted on action. I jumped from the car. I left the door open in case the drive thru line began to move forward. I ran to the other side of the car and ripped a twig from the shrub.

The sweet smell of daphne. Ah.......

3 comments:

  1. "My ladylike behavior went out the door. My battle to resist dissolved. The winter doldrums insisted on action. I jumped from the car."
    If I had been behind you, I would have cheered!
    I tell younger women the best part of passing 50 is not caring so much what others think.
    YAY for you!

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  2. Amma, you added a smile to my day. If you were behind me, your order wouldn't have been a little slower. I'm still sniffing the daphne.

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  3. After the winter that most of us have had, you can be forgiven for wanting to jump start spring!

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